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High Performance Boat Races Hit the Water at Orange Beach in Alabama

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It is more than 2500 miles from Lake Tahoe, California to Mobile, Alabama. Worthy Risk Pig Iron Racing made the long trip from home in 48 hours towing their boat with their 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. “Our K&N air intake system gave us better gas mileage and additional tow power,” said racer Brad Johnson. “We made it with time to spare for the technical and safety inspections in the Offshore Super Series (OSS) at Orange Beach.”

Team Worthy Racing uses K&N oil filters at every boat race
Team Worthy Racing uses K&N oil filters at every race
Team Worthy Risk passed the inspections, and their boat with its Mercury 525 racing engine was ready for water. “We had another test to pass,” said Johnson. “It’s called the dunker tank.” The dunker is a boat cockpit that is fully rigged with steering wheel and gauges. It does not have any windows so divers can easily rescue anyone who has problems with the test.
High performance boaters battle it out in Mobile, Alabama in the OSS race at Orange Beach
High performance boaters battle it out in Mobile, Alabama in the OSS race at Orange Beach

K&N Sponsored Racer Brad Johnson towed his boat from Lake Tahoe, California to Mobile, Alabama
K&N Sponsored Racer Brad Johnson towed his boat from Lake Tahoe, California to Mobile, Alabama

“We entered the boat, put on our seat belts and regulators and the head diver flipped the capsule over,” said Johnson. “Game on! We were disoriented, upside down, water was rushing up our noses and everything was dark. I grabbed the regulator and cleared it so my first breath was not sea water. Then I gathered my senses.” One behind the other Johnson and his throttle man left the capsule feet first, swam to the side of the boat and surfaced. When the testing was complete they were ready to race.

The first heat in four laps went well and Worthy Risk Pig Iron Racing was in first place. “Then the gremlins woke up,” said Johnson. “A map sensor went bad during the final two laps and we moved into third place at the end of the first heat.”

The crew installed a replacement just in time for the second heat. “During the race another boat took the same line as Worthy Risk from the outside,” said Johnson. “They were faster and it forced us to pull back so we did not swap paint. We throttled hard and we had to catch up.”

Johnson could barely hold on in the corners as throttle man Scoti Childs gave it all the boat had. Together they passed over the finish line to take 3rd place. “Thanks to our K&N oil filters (HP-6002) we made it through another race,” said Johnson. “Our K&N products always do their job.”

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